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DJ PROFILE: Luis Perez

Luis Perez is a popular local DJ who has built a strong following, leading him to have regular gigs at local nightspots such as Rich's and Eden. Recently finding a new opportunity on the East Coast, Perez and his partner will start a new chapter in their lives in New York City, moving there in May. Perez celebrated his departure this past weekend with one of his final local appearances at Rich's Dirty Pop on Friday, and a celebration with friends at Rich's on Saturday.

Perez, a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is 31-years-old, and is happily taken by his partner Chad Brown.

Where can people find you working?

You can find me working all over San Diego, but I will be moving to New York City in May. I will be returning July 20th for San Diego Pride to play at Spin Nightclub for Bill Hardt Presents The Pride Ball. This happens to be the biggest party on Friday night, so don’t miss it.

Vinyl or CDs? Why?

A combination of CDs and Digital, because it’s a lot easier then lugging around crates of records.

What type of music do you spin?

House and Dance music.

What type of music will you NOT spin?

Country because I don’t own any.

What is the most bizarre song request you have received?

Most bizarre requests come when people are drunk and they ask me to play something from a different genre.

What song do people request the most?

At the moment, I get a lot of requests for anything from Nicki Minaj.

Do you adjust your music to fit the crowd? How?

Yes I do adjust my sets to fit the crowd and the party. I play at club events as well as major circuit parties and these events require a different style.

What is the funniest thing you have seen on the dance floor?

Drag queens fighting and pulling wigs.

What is the most scandalous thing you have witnessed while spinning?

I’m still waiting to see something scandalous.

Which venue or party was your favorite?

So far my favorite party has been the after-hours closing party I did last year during San Diego Pride at Spin Nightclub.

What do you love most about being a DJ?

I love watching people’s reactions and excitement when a song they love comes on and seeing them put their hands up in the air.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into your profession?

If it’s something you really want to do, get out there and do it and don’t let the haters get to you, because there are lots of them out there.

What song best describes you and why?

“Let the Music Play” by Shannon because I love that song, it never gets old to me.

Do you have a web site, and if so, what is the address?

http://www.djluisperez.com

I’d also like to take the time to thank everyone in San Diego who has given me a chance and has believed in me. I have enjoyed playing at all the clubs and events here in San Diego.

I will be moving on, but I will never forget. See you soon.

DJ Luis Perez

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